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10 Tips to Green-up your Bathroom

Eco-friendly and eco-sensitive hotels are seen more and more around the globe. Making green choices in a hotel is still often mistaken for making highly expensive choices. However, there are a lot of simple adjustments that can easily be made to make the bathrooms in your hotel a greener place.

Here are 10 tips on how to make your hotel bathroom more eco-friendly.

1) Use bulk soap and shampoo instead of individual packagesgreen-up-logo
Substitute all small plastic shampoo flacons and wrapped soap bars with attractive bulk amenity dispensers to reduce waste and costs.

2) Buy eco-friendly and sustainable bath products
A lot of bath products contain chemicals that are damaging to the environment. Instead, choose toiletries containing natural, biodegradable ingredients and organic extracts, without chemicals.

3) Towel reuse program
A lot of water is used every day to wash towels. Explain this to your guests and allow them to make a difference by joining a “green wash” program. This way guests can choose whether they want their towels to be cleaned or not. A towel hanging up means that the guest will use it again; a towel on the floor means they want it to be replaced by a clean one.
Known “green wash” projects are Project Plane or  “Plant a Billion Trees”.

4) Use non-toxic cleaning chemicals
Organic, citrus-based and other non-toxic cleaning products are just as effective as traditional cleaners, but better for the staff and the environment. Use them for cleaning agents as well as laundry detergents.

5) Install a water-reducing showerOutside Bathroom
Installing a water-reducing shower will reduce water use significantly, without compromising on luxury.

6) Reduce water use in toilet
Install a water-reducing toilet to significantly reduce water use. When the budget doesn’t allow this, place one or two plastic containers filled with stones (not bricks) in the toilet’s reservoir. This will displace about 4 liters of water per flush.

7) Ensure taps are not leaking or dripping
Leaking or dripping taps can waste a lot of water. Make sure that leaking taps are fixed as soon as possible to reduce water waste.

8) Install motion sensor faucets
Introduce motion sensor taps. This will reduce water use when guests are toothbrushing, washing their face or hands.

9) Use eco-sensitive toilet paper
Use toilet paper that is unbleached or bleached through a chlorine-free process. Also think about using recycled toilet paper and biodegradable toilet paper. Paper dispensers, rather than traditional toilet rolls, can reduce consumption and save money.

10) Place recycling bins.
Place recycling bins in each bathroom. Separate paper, plastic and glass. This will simplify the recycling process.

10 tips to enrich the cultural experience of your guests by including staff members

Luxury travel is nowadays more and more about local experiences and authenticity than just about being pampered. Touristic trips and excursions organized by impersonal companies can increase your knowledge on the local culture to some extend, but how much nicer is it to have an authentic experience by meeting real people and getting to know real customs of the region you’re visiting?
Having your local staff members organize excursions, workshops and events will enhance your guests’ cultural experience. Also, guests will bond with your staff members, have a better overall experience in your hotel and will more likely want to come back next year!

Here are 10 tips for events that will enrich the cultural vacation experience of your guests by including your local staff members.

Cooking class1) Cooking class
Enjoying local food is an important cultural experience when travelling. Gaining knowledge about local products and dishes will surely enrich your guests’ vacation experience.
Organize a simple cooking class with one of your staff members. Anyone from your staff that enjoys cooking can give the class. Most important for your guests is the experience, not creating michelin-starred qualified food. Have your ‘cook’ explain about the local products and make a simple, local dish. Enjoy the meal with a good glass of your local beverage.

2) Tour to the local market
Visiting a local market will give guests good insight in the culture of the country or region.
Let one of your staff members organize a tour to the local market. Let him or her explain about the local products, fruits and vegetables and explain how it is used in daily life.

3) Evening of local myths storytelling
Every country or region has its own myths and legends.
Organize an evening where you let your staff members tell some of the local myths. Bring your guests together around a campfire while they enjoy a local beverage and let them listen to some of the most beautiful stories about the region.

4) Walk through a local villageWalk through a local village
A walk through a local village will be an interesting experience for most tourists. Have one (or more) of your staff members guide your guests through the village they live in. This way they can meet the real people, visit the real villages and watch the real daily life.

5) Quiz on facts about the country or region, with mixed teams
Most travellers love to know some interesting facts on the country or region they are visiting. Organize an ‘I love Thailand / India / Costa Rica / your destination quiz’. Make mixed teams, each team consisting of both locals and tourists. Think of cool, funny, interesting questions that concern the specific country, region or culture.
And of course, think of a nice “local” prize for the winning team!

6) Sports competitions in the local sport, with mixed teams
Sport can be fun, healthy and bonding. Organize a sport competition in one of the local sports, for example football, badminton or (beach)volleyball. Make mixed teams, each team consisting of both locals and tourists. Be ready for a day of fun, play and good competition!

7) Workshop about local, natural cosmetic products
In a world where cosmetic goods are more and more expensive, chemical and damaging for the environment, people are looking for natural alternatives. In many regions locals use products directly from nature to moisture, nourish and smooth their skin and hair. Have a staff member explain about the local, natural plants and products they use as cosmetics.

8) Workshop on making a local handicraft product
Bringing home local handicraft products is always a good memory of a vacation, but it’s even nicer to make something yourself! Create a workshop where your staff members help your guests making their own local handicrafted product. Think of a bowl made of a coconut, a woven basket or a traditional painting.

9) Attend a local religious ceremonylocal religious ceremony
Visiting a temple, church or other religious building can give some insight in the local culture. But by attending a ceremony with one of your staff members, your guests will surely gain a lot more knowledge.
Have your staff members invite guests to attend a local religious ceremony. Let the staff member explain about the ceremony and make sure that your guests are guided through every step of the event.

10) Workshop on local dance and/or music
Dance and music are at the basis of most cultures. Watching local people dance or make music is an important part of cultural understanding, but dancing and making music yourself is even more fun! Organize a workshop where one of your staff members teaches your guests a local dance or music piece.

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We started this blog to provide you with simple tips for luxurious, eco-sensitive travel accommodations and destinations.Thailand_559

Vacation is an important part of a comfortable life. It enables people to let go their worries of the day, experience total freedom and create unique memories.

We believe that luxury travel and being eco-sensitive should go hand in hand. Furthermore, we think that travelers are more likely to protect their own environment at home when they have experienced beautiful nature on vacation.

Through this blog we want to give you simple tips to create the perfect vacation for luxury travelers and at the same time we want to encourage you to reach the lowest possible impact on the surroundings.

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